In­spi­ra­tional care home work­ers up for awards

James and Jan­ice short­listed for na­tional ac­co­lades

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10.11.2018 Two Ren­frew­shire work­ers have been recog­nised as be­ing among the lead­ing care home em­ploy­ees in Scot­land.

Jan­ice McAlis­ter, of the Ersk­ine char­ity, and James Ross, of Pais­ley’s Jenny’s Well Care Home, will be in­vited to an awards cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing the best of the in­de­pen­dent care home sec­tor.

Jan­ice, a de­men­tia nurse con­sul­tant, has been nom­i­nated in the train­ing and staff de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory at the Scot­tish Care Awards.

This award cel­e­brates en­thu­si­asm and de­ter­mi­na­tion in iden­ti­fy­ing train­ing and de­vel­op­ment needs of care staff.

Jan­ice was de­lighted to have been recog­nised and said: “I am very sur­prised but thrilled and hon­oured to be cho­sen as a fi­nal­ist in th­ese pres­ti­gious awards.”

Ersk­ine di­rec­tor of care Derek Bar­ron nom­i­nated Jan­ice.

He said: “Jan­ice has in­spired oth­ers to make a dif­fer­ence and proved her­self an ex­cel­lent role model.

“Her in­put has made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the res­i­dents.

“She has de­signed and de­liv­ered de­men­tia train­ing to more than 300 staff and de­signed and de­liv­ered de­men­tia/frailty sim­u­la­tion train­ing to over 150 staff. She pre­sented to 80 stu­dent nurses at Stir­ling Univer­sity on de­men­tia aware­ness, one of whom said ‘ I learned more in three hours than on other courses’.”

Care as­sis­tant James has been nom­i­nated in the in­no­va­tive prac­tice cat­e­gory at the awards.

This cat­e­gory looks for peo­ple who demon­strate an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to em­pow­er­ing peo­ple and also show a pos­i­tive ap­proach to part­ner­ship with ex­ter­nal part­ners.

James was de­lighted to have been recog­nised and said: “I am very sur­prised but thrilled and hon­oured to be cho­sen as a fi­nal­ist in th­ese pres­ti­gious awards.”

Morag Fran­cis, head of care for older peo­ple at Royal Blind, which op­er­ates Jenny’s Well, nom­i­nated James.

She ex­plained: “Jenny’s Well is a spe­cial­ist care home for older peo­ple with vi­sion im­pair­ment and from his first day James came across as very pos­i­tive and car­ing.

“James flour­ished when given the au­ton­omy to be flex­i­ble and demon­strated in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to em­pow­er­ing res­i­dents – ev­i­dent in the roadmap James de­vel­oped with res­i­dents that maps out their lives and care re­quire­ments.

“The re­sult has had an im­mense value to both staff and res­i­dents.”

The awards have been hailed a huge suc­cess in recog­nis­ing i n d i v i d u a l s, teams and com­pa­nies, who are de­liv­er­ing care at an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard in an era of chal­leng­ing bud­gets and within an in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing work en­vi­ron­ment.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 16 at the Hil­ton Ho­tel in Glas­gow, hosted by en­ter­tainer Michelle McManus.

Tran­ing Jan­ice McAlis­ter said she is sur­prised but thrilled

Innovation James Ross said he was hon­oured to be cho­sen

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